Assam flood situation grim, 19 killed, thousands marooned
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Jul-2017

Guwahati, July 7: Nineteen people have lost their precious lives in the devastating floods that engulfed the north eastern state of Assam. The surging flood waters of the mighty Brahmaputra and its tributaries have wreaked havoc displacing thousands of people from their hearths and homes.

The overall flood situation in Assam continues to remain serious in the second spell of season’s floods.

All the major rivers including the Brahmaputra and its major tributaries were flowing above the red mark at various places.

According to official figures over 3,94,000 people in 857 villages under 47 revenue circles across 15 districts were affected by the deluge. The government has opened 128 relief camps where 41,487 persons are taking shelter.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal reviewed the prevailing flood situation with Water Resources Minister Keshab Mahanta, Chief Secretary VK Pipersenia, Additional Chief Secretaries and senior officers of all line departments at Dispur on Thursday.

Sonowal directed the Revenue and Disaster Management Departments to disburse ex-gratia relief of Rs 4 lakh to the next of kin of those killed in the floods within 48 hours. All the government department have been instructed to reach out to the flood-hit people and help them with relief and protection.

The Chief Minister also directed the district administration to provide relief materials including pure drinking water, medical facilities and security to the camp inmates. The CM directed the Agriculture Department to ensure supply of superior quality seeds to farmers whose crops have been devastated in the flood, besides asking APDCL to ensure that no casualties take place due to electrocution.

The Chief Minister also asked all MPs and MLAs to remain in their constituencies and supervise rescue and relief operations.